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A tattoo at a time, Afghan woman takes on society’s taboos

Dec. 16, 2019 12:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A female tattoo artist, a rarity in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, is taking a big risk with every customer she takes on. It’s been 18 months since Suraya Shaheedi started her mobile tattoo shop in the capital, Kabul. She’s received death threats for taking on the...

In reversal, Hallmark will reinstate same-sex marriage ads

Dec. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. The earlier decision by Crown Media, Hallmark's parent company, to pull...

Child fatally struck after Tennessee Christmas parade

Dec. 15, 2019 4:29 PM EST

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — A child was fatally struck at the end of a Christmas parade in Tennessee, authorities said. The child was hit Saturday by a pickup truck that was towing a trailer in a parking lot at Mount Juliet Middle School, police said in a news release. The Wilson County School District...

Babe Ruth's 500th homer bat sells for more than $1 million

Dec. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Babe Ruth has hit another one out of the ballpark. The bat used by the legendary baseball player to hit his 500th home run was auctioned on Saturday for more than $1 million. SCP Auctions didn’t identify the buyer. The auction was held in Laguna Niguel, California. Ruth...

Two Georgia teenagers arrested in weekend mall shooting

Dec. 15, 2019 2:09 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Two teenagers were arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded one man in a busy suburban Atlanta mall food court at the height of Christmas shopping season, police said Sunday. The Cobb County Police Department said surveillance footage and interviews helped identify the suspects as...

Theft of Christmas trees from family farm leads to arrest

Dec. 15, 2019 1:30 PM EST

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state are calling a Christmas tree thief a real-life Grinch after arresting man they say stole dozens of evergreens from a family-owned farm. The Seattle Times reports that police in Federal Way, Washington made the arrest Friday after getting reports...

Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm

Dec. 15, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags. The image has drawn plenty of comment online about the performance of German railways. Thunberg...

White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics

Dec. 15, 2019 3:16 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get...

Toxic air, gases hamper search for last 2 volcano victims

Dec. 14, 2019 11:40 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of the last two victims of an eruption that has now claimed 16 lives, most of them tourists. New Zealand police confirmed the 16th victim died Saturday at Sydney's Concord...

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads

Dec. 14, 2019 8:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar. The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the...